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Anyone who remembers this place from a decade ago is in for a shock. The former estate pub looks like it's been stormed by a bunch of students and decorated with every kitsch item they could muster. It's not just that the walls are covered in Teletubbies, fairy lights and gurning animals. Even the beer taps are loaded with toys. You'd have to be a sour-faced goat indeed not to smile at the decor, though.
Drinks-wise, it's mostly kegged stuff. The one draught ale is named Nelson, and we rather enjoyed it (don't order a half Nelson, or you might end up in a wrestling hold). The major attraction of this place (assuming you're not here for the inflatable aliens and floral paintjob) are the burgers. They have a couple dozen varieties to choose among, including numerous vegan options.
Part pub, part bar, part student union, the Nelson is a one-off, admirable admiral.